Tavern 29 – NYC

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Tavern 29 is a true tavern: cozy with, dim lighting and a lot of word finishing. While the restaurant was long, it was pretty narrow ( but not crowded.)  All of the tables are high tops, (which I have a love/hate relationship with.) Tarven 29 has a Black, Le Cordon Bleu trained executive chef, which is what drew me in. The restaurant’s track list was super nostalgic and included all the songs you loved when you were in middle school (think: Sean Paul, Destiny’s Child, and Fergie.) My favorite thing about Tavern 29 is their rooftop. After brunch we headed up there; it has a beer garden vibe and it’s perfect for when you don’t have after-brunch plans, but don’t want to go straight home after.

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Tavern 29’s menu options are very American: omelettes, burgers, pizza, and a salmon Benedict if you’re feeling breakfast. If you’re really feeling lunch instead of breakfast wings are on the menu too. The restaurant also gives an option of avocado toast or a Farro bowl for a lighter diet. If you’re anything like me, though avocado toast is delicious, $15 for it is insane. The menu has great options but leaves out brunch favorites like shrimp and grits and chicken and waffles. Bottomless mimosas are priced on the higher side at $25. 

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I went with the hangover pizza. The pizza was about the size of &pizza’s pizzas (if you know, you know). On the pie was Bechemel (white sauce), cheddar jack cheese, spinach, and bacon topped with two eggs sunny side up. It was absolutely amazing. I would love to wake up to that pizza every time I’m hungover. I’m not usually a fan of white sauce, but I didn’t even notice. My friends both ordered the hangover burger which also received rave reviews.

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The restaurant served mimosas in stemless wine glasses instead of flutes which meant more mimosas and less empty glasses. In addition to larger glasses, our waitress was extremely attentive, filling our glasses up until the last minute. The was a party of ten dining at the same time as us, and our waitress skillfully balanced both parties, never forgetting about our table.

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Three Cheers. Tavern 29 is now on my go-to brunch list. The food is satisfying, the service is great, and vibe was right. My pizza was so delicious and I can’t wait to try everything else on the menu. I’m that friend who never wants to go home, so beer garden rooftop was also perfect. I’d recommend Tavern 29 for lowkey brunches, catching up with old friends, and even dates (but not the first date LOL.)

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The Ivy – LA

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The Ivy offers a fabulous brunch in Los Angeles. When you walk in they offer you a  complimentary glass of champagne. The restaurant is decorated in bright colors. Cute floral details are everywhere from their seating to their china.  Every table from their dining room to their outdoor patio has a fresh bouquet of roses.

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The Ivy offers fun versions of your brunch favorites like a Fresh Tangerine Bellini and their Cajun Bloody Mary.  They have a full cocktail menu where you can order French Rosé Sangria, The Ivy Gimlet, or their Kumquat Tequila Cocktail.

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The Ivy has something for everyone with breakfast staples like buttermilk pancakes, brioche french toast, chilaquiles and huevos rancheros. They have amazing fresh seafood options from a crab, shrimp or crab cake benedict, to fresh wild Maine lobster served with eggs and bacon. You can also order from their lunch menu during brunch where they offer fresh salads, pasta, pizza and risotto.  Their dessert menu is intriguing as well if you have room after brunch.

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The Ivy is a high quality restaurant and the service definitely matches that. Everyone is friendly and accomodationg.

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3 Star Rating

Three cheers! The Ivy is a popular brunch spot in Los Angeles and it is certainly worth the hype! I can’t wait to go back to try more things on the menu.

West Third Common – NYC

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West Third Common Bar is a restaurant in the heart of Soho. The restaurant’s vibe is comfortable, and cozy. We only had a party of five, but the plush couches, and huge tables in the back make this place perfect for groups. There are board games available to play, to add to the communal aesthetic. Everyone there was in their twenties and ready to drink (safe to say we fit right in).

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The brunch menu is pretty standard. Chicken and waffles, Steak and eggs, eggs Benedict and other typical American, with a “fun” option thrown in- pacos. Pacos are pancake tacos with breakfast fillings; sadly no one got this, so I can not report on if it was good or not. For $35 you get an entree, and unlimited mimosas. No matter what time your brunch reservation is you drink from 10 am to 4 pm. I was finished with my seated brunch at 2 pm but stayed the extra two hours for more drinks. Guests are encouraged to come early if you have a late seating too!

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Overall the food was underwhelming. I ordered the chicken and waffles after being told it was the best thing on the menu. The chicken was overcooked, to the point of the skin being almost burnt, and the waffle was just sad. The table also ordered the brunch burger and steak and eggs- both mediocre. This place is heavy on the booze and less focused on the brunch ( it’s so hard finding a happy medium!)

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The service here was great. Aside from the bad food recommendations, our waiter was perfect. He explained how brunch worked, and never left our glasses (or pitcher) empty. Once we switched over to the bar, the bartenders were just as attentive. You definitely get your money’s worth of mimosas at West Third Common.

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1 Star Rating

One Cheer! The food was extremely mediocre, but the drinking option was pretty cool. We were able to bridge the awkward time gap between brunch time, and our day party, which was cool. This place made sure which I we had plenty of drinks. I would come here with a large group on a chill day, but wouldn’t recommend for a special occasion like a birthday.

A-Frame – LA

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A-Frame is almost like a Hawaiian shack in Culver City. My friends and I were working out at the Culver City stairs and we were looking for a new brunch spot that could accommodate a big party and we stumbled upon A-Frame. Nothing about it is classic, it is very fun and eclectic yet still casual!

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A-Frame is not your ordinary brunch! They do their own take on Hawaiian fusion which is fun and different. They have all you can drink Mimosas, Bloody Mary’s and Michelada’s.

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So many options! A-Frame has all you can eat pancakes. You choose your flavor of buttermilk, banana mac nut, pineapple, orange & guava, or buttermilk pancakes with mochiko fried chicken. They have cracklin beer can chicken, kalua pork ramen, baby back ribs with a chili glaze, pork fried rice, or “scrimp” with polenta. For the less adventurous they have a double cheeseburger, steak and eggs, or a breakfast “sam which” with bacon, avocado, tomato, and lettuce on sweet hawaiian bread. I went for the black kale salad with asian pear, cucumber, edamame, wonton, pepits and a gonzo vinaigrette which was delicious.

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Everyone at A-Frame was super friendly! The restaurant is almost communal. They have long tables so if you have a small party you could end up sharing the table with another party. Our waiter was very good on refilling mimosas! We were the last group left in the restaurant and they let us stay until we were ready to go!

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! A-Frame was a fun brunch and is good for if you have a big group. I would definitely recommend this brunch to anyone in the mood to try something new.

Mission- DC

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Mission is a Mexican cantina in the heart of DuPont Circle. Whether you’re there for happy hour, brunch, or dinner, the restaurant is always bustling with 20-something year old young professionals. The decor of the restaurant is very rustic, think wood paneled ceilings, antique futures, and neutral colors. There is a front patio as well as an open upstairs room that can be rented for private brunches.

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Mission’s cantina feel translates into its menu as well. They incorporate breakfast food into your favorite Mexican dishes like burritos, quesadillas, nachos, and even fajitas. If you’re in the mood for lunch the taco platter is the way to go. Mission not only lets you choose your brunch entree, but your brunch beverage too. The options include mimosas, bloody Mary’s, margaritas, and Tecate (beer); if that isn’t enough to get you through the door, your brunch is topped off with a shot of tequila. All brunch drinks are bottomless, so there truly is an option for everyone. The best thing about all of this is it’s only $36.99.

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As with any traditional Mexican restaurant, you get chips and salsa upon arrival. As a self proclaimed chips and salsa connoisseur, I’d like to note that Missions chips are delicious. (I obnoxiously kept asking for refills.) The mild guacamole was pretty tasty also. I loved that we could pick the spice level of the guac. For my entree, I ordered the taco platter. The tacos have become my go to because there are endless options to mix and match. The pork belly, chicken, and al pastor are my favorites. I have to admit that the rice that came with the rice and beans was pretty hard and stale. My friend, who ordered the breakfast bowl, which has a rice base, had the same problem. She did, however, say the bowl was otherwise good. The steak and eggs got outstanding reviews as well. The portion was large, and the steak was cooked perfectly.

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On my first visit to mission the service was less than desirable, however the manger listened to our complaints and rectified the situation. Because the manager quickly resolved our issue, I decided to give it another try. On my second visit to mission the service was top notch. Our waitress brought us pitchers of both mimosas and margaritas so that we could drink as we please. Why choose when you can have both? I’m happy I didn’t write off the restaurant the first time because of service, because Mission is truly a gem. Everyone is entitled to bad days, but sometimes it’s the little things that can change the view of your experience.

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! Mission’s bottomless margaritas take the brunch experience to the next level. The fact that the brunch package, with all of its options, is affordable is a reason to stowaway try it out. The addition of bottomless margaritas take the experience to the next level. Overall Mission has good food, good drinks, and good vibes. It’s the perfect spot to pregame for a day party or celebrate a birthday. Try stopping in for happy hour too, it’s just as great at brunch!

Mission serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 am.

*Mission will have Cinco De Mayo specials from 11 am- 3 am. There is no cover, a DJ and bottomless margaritas all day. 

Toca Madera – LA

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Toca Madera is a hotspot in West Hollywood specializing in Organic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant is super cute with a huge bar, lounge area, outdoor patio, and photo booth.

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Brunch cocktails? Yes please! Toca Madera offers a variety of beverages from cold brew with vanilla infused tequila to margaritas to bloody mary’s. I went for the Mexican 69 – patron, pomegranate, la pinta, prosecco and lime.

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Toca Madera offers classic brunch dishes with a Mexican twist like Tres Leches French Toast,  a Mexican Omelette, and Carne Asada & Eggs. You can also go for tacos served on house made corn tortillas filled with your choice of  chicken, shrimp, mushroom & sweet corn, mahi-mahi, sea bass, tofu barbacoa or skirt steak. If you’re feeling healthy, they have avocado toast, a coconut parfait, vegan bacon, sausage and ‘soyrizo’. They also offer a ton of sides and appetizers. The guacamole with plantain chips and sweet corn are a must! I’m not usually one for dessert during brunch, but you absolutely have to save room for the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich! Warm cinnamon sugar churro filled with dulce de leche ice cream. So delicious!

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The restaurant is huge and there’s enough staff to accommodate. Everyone is super friendly and helpful!

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2 Star Rating

Two Cheers! I absolutely love Toca Madera! The first time I went was for dinner and I was excited to try their brunch. Their menu is great and food is delicious. The only reason for not giving them three cheers is because they don’t have a bottomless mimosa option 😦

Toca Madera does brunch on Sunday’s from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

*On Cinco de Mayo, Toca Madera will have menu specials, specialty cocktails, tequila  flights, special performances and musical guests from 12 pm to 2 am

 

Tre – NYC

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Tre is a trendy Lower East side Italian spot located on Ludlow Street. The restaurant’s cool vibes fit in perfectly with neighbors Pianos, The DL and Ludlow House. The space is super intimate, with a bar and only a few tables. Once the weather warms up, the back patio will be open to enjoy some sun as you dine.

 

 

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Tre’s brunch menu features italian entrees with a few American dishes sprinkled in between. I’m definitely not used to eating so heavy so early in the day, but was down to try something different. The restaurant’s brunch special is the most attractive thing on the menu: bottomless mimosas plus an entree for $27.95. Finding an all inclusive brunch for less than $35 is pretty much unheard of, especially downtown, so I had to check this place out. The downside to such a great priced brunch, is usually limited options. There was no room for substitution, and because the physical brunch menu was separate from the regular menu, I wasn’t able to get a full scope of Tre’s offerings.

 

 

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I went with the carbonara and because the table ordered a variety of dishes, I was able to try a few things. With a day party planned after brunch, heavy carbs seemed like a great choice. The pasta was simple but very good. I also got to try the steak and eggs, and Tre burger: very good! I’m still thinking about the fries.

 

 

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I would recommend making a reservation here because the space is so small. Though the bartender also served as the host and waiter, he did not skip a beat. Our mimosas were heavy on the champagne, just how I like it, and our glasses were never empty. After our two hours was up, the waiter politely told us there was another party waiting for our table, which is expected on a beautiful Saturday. My only caveat with Tre is there cash-only policy, in the year of Apple pay, Master Pass, and Square, it’s almost a chore to carry cash.

 

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! I really enjoyed Tre’s quaint and warm atmosphere . The restaurant’s intimate vibes make it great for a date or catching up with a friend. I would not recommend going here wit a party of more than five. I can’t wait to return when the weather is nice to experience the patio. You will never leave Tre hungry, as their carb-forward and high protein dishes are quite filling. Don’t forget to bring cash or you’ll be washing dishes!

Tre serves brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 4 pm.

Penn Commons – DC

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One of the best things about Penn Commons is how spacious the inside is. I have been to many restaurants where I feel cramped and like I am sitting way too close to the party next to me, but that is not an issue here. They have a variety of seating options such as the bar, high top tables, regular tables and circular booths, which is another plus. Although they play sports games and serve drinks, it does not feel at all like a sports bar. The design is very clean and simple, something which makes it comfortable and cute.

 

 

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Penn Common’s menu/brunch options is what sets it above other brunches in my eyes. They offer a two course brunch with bottomless mimosas all for $33. I truly don’t think it gets better than that! You are able to get an appetizer and entree or entree and dessert. They offer BBQ chicken spring rolls, calamari, french toast bites and smoothies as some of the options for your first course.

The entrees include all of your favorite brunch options, with special spin of “chicken & cakes” as opposed to chicken and waffles. Their dessert options include various sundaes, a root beer float and cake. With a two course brunch and all of the menu options you can visit Penn Commons over and over and switch up your brunch order to enjoy a new combination each time.

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When it comes to appetizers, the BBQ chicken egg rolls are my favorite. They come with a blue cheese dipping sauce on the side, that it is not quite blue cheese dressing but similar and very tasty. I think I have mentioned before that shrimp and grits is my go-to brunch food, so I’ve tasted them at many places and Penn Commons’ is by far my favorite. The grits are creamy and well cooked, they don’t skimp on the shrimp, it is well seasoned, and the bits of ham add a nice finishing touch. But, if you aren’t a shrimp and grits person, the brunch quesadillas are delicious as well. Overall, not matter what you order not only will you be full (and possibly have leftovers) but satisfied by the quality as well.

 

 

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I have been to Penn Commons on many occasions, and I usually receive pretty consistent service. There is one particular waitress that I have encountered a few times who can be somewhat scatterbrained and a little slower on the mimosas, but with a little reminder about fill ups she is fine. Even with the slowest server, I can still make the most of my two hours and leave having downed just enough mimosas.

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3 Star Rating

Three Cheers! I can’t think of anything negative to say about Penn Commons. Even on a bad day I am always satisfied. From last minute brunch decisions or a planned ahead reservation, Penn Commons is the place to go. I never have to wait for a table and I leave satisfied and a little bit saucy!

P.S. They also have a great happy hour, with good food and drinks,  from 4pm-close Monday – Saturday and ALL DAY Sunday.

Penn Commons offers brunch Saturdays and Sundays from 11am – 3pm. 

Baldoria – LA

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Baldoria is definitely a hidden gem of LA! This is a place you can take anyone from your parents that are in town, a group of friends, or even a date. It’s nice if you ever want to brunch on a whim because you never really need a reservation. The restaurant is very casual with a modern feel. It’s also perfect for a large party which is one of the reasons I decided to have my 23rd birthday brunch here. They have long tables that they put together for a party of 30. The place is very minimalistic so I chose to have a florist come and spruce up the tables with a few bouquets. The wait staff let me play my own playlist via spotify which was a great touch!

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Baldoria offers a prix-fixe brunch that is an amazing deal. You get to choose one entree or pizza, a side, and bottomless mimosas or rose for $30. Or you can order food a la carte and do bottomless prosecco or rose for $15.  They usually let you mix and match so I often start with a glass of rose and then switch to mimosas. They serve brunch until 4pm which is also a huge perk.

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I have truly enjoyed everything I have tried at Baldoria! Their brunch menu consists of a wide selection of artisanal pizzas as well as other options like brunch sliders and a three cheese spinach omelette. If you want to go for pizza it can be hard to decide between all of the amazing options. If someone else in your party also wants pizza, I recommend each getting two different kinds and sharing! My personal favorites are the Yukon Gratin and Wild Funghi Conserva. If you want something sweet the ciabatta french toast is an excellent option. The chicken and waffle tacos are a fun take on a classic!

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The wait staff is always very friendly. It is a small business that is very family-like. The restaurant is quaint and rarely crowded so they have plenty of time to focus on refilling your mimosas.

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Three Cheers

3 Star Rating

Baldoria is definitely one of my favorite places to brunch! I have had great experiences here and I will continue to come back! Every time I’ve taken friends here they’re always shocked this place isn’t more crowded. I’ll say it again, most underrated brunch in LA! You can’t beat the prix-fixe menu deal and quality of food!

 

 

 

Baldoria has brunch on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm  

Tart – LA

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Tart has a unique Family Style brunch option for parties of 7 or more. You get biscuits for the table, a fruit platter, a choice of two entrees, two side dishes, eggs your way and a choice of bacon or sausage for $30 per person. You can also order from their normal brunch menu. On to the drinks! Tart has a mimosa kit for $25 that includes a bottle of champagne, orange juice, peach puree and mixed berries. It’s super cute because you get to make your own mimosa. You can also order a single mimosa, bellini, bloody mary or michelada. They have a bottomless bloody mary option for $20 or a smoky chipotle mary for $25.

A fun drink option for large parties are the “Honeybuckets” which are curated cocktails in a punchbowl. They have different levels ranging from $50 – $80 depending on the flavor you choose. The alcohol options for the honeybuckets include vodka, whiskey, rum, gin, prosecco and my personal favorite: tequila. You can also get red or white peach sangria! The bowls are big enough to share with 3 – 5 people. 

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My go-to order at Tart, and anywhere if we’re being honest, is the fried chicken and waffles. Tart does there’s with candied pecans, tabasco butter and bourbon maple syrup! So good! Other options include breakfast lasagna, shrimp & grits, breakfast burrito, eggs benedict, and so much more.

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If you’ve ever been to The Grove you’ve probably seen the ‘Tart’ sign glowing in bright red directly across the street.  Tart is located inside The Farmer’s Daughter Boutique Hotel. You walk through the eclectic lobby to get to the super chic restaurant. The restaurant itself has limited indoor seating but a ton of outdoor seating on their patio. They also have cabanas you can sit at if your party have a party 7-12 guests. Tart is very instagram friendly with a ton of opportunities for a photo op. Tart is a fun and trendy environment.

 

 

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I’ve dined at Tart several times and have always had great service! The hosts and wait staff have always been very friendly and accommodating. They also have given great recommendations since there are so many options to choose from on the menu.

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2 Star Rating

Two Cheers! Tart offers a great brunch all around! There are truly options for everyone from the drinks to the food. I recommend going on a beautiful day where you can enjoy the super cute outdoor area. After you can do some shopping at The Grove or check out the farmers market across the street. Did I mention they have brunch everyday! Mid-week mimosas anyone?

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Tart has brunch Monday – Thursday from 7 am – 3pm and Friday – Sunday from 7 am – 4 pm